Advent | Virgin Birth

The Lord himself will give you a sign:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. -Isaiah 7:14 NIV

The Nicene Creed affirms that Jesus came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary. Christians have always understood that the Messiah was more than a great teacher or prophet. Yet even Isaiah could not have imagined that God would become a man in fulfillment of his prophecy. It is simply outrageous to imagine that one day God would really be Immanuel ["God is with us"]. Almost as outrageous to imagine that God did not love the world enough to give us his Son. Even more outrageous, and arrogant, to think that Jesus was simply just one of us.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.


  1. Bob, I'm reminded of the words to the song "Mary Did You Know..." "When you touch your baby's cheek, you touch the face of God." That song always touches me.


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